IKEA is recalling more than 27 million dressers and chests that pose a
tip-over risk to small children. Tragically, two children died after the
bedroom furniture tipped over and fell on them.
As we have previously highlighted on this San Diego Injury Blog, a child
dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the United
States from furniture or televisions tipping over. Accordingly, it is
imperative to anchor heavy furniture that could pose risks to small children.
The IKEA recall involves 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA
chests and dressers. According to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the furniture can tip over if not attached to the wall, posing
an entrapment hazard.
Tragically, the defective dressers and chests are linked to several injuries
and two deaths. In February 2014, a 2-year-old boy died after a MALM 6-drawer
chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed. In June 2014,
a 23-month old child died after he became trapped beneath a 3-drawer MALM
chest that tipped over. In both incidents, the furniture was not anchored
to the wall. According to the CPSC, 14 additional tip-over incidents have
occurred involving MALM chests, resulting in four injuries. Since 1989,
IKEA is aware of three additional reports of deaths from tip-overs involving
other models of IKEA chests and dressers.
The CPSC advises that consumers should immediately stop using all IKEA
children’s chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches and
adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches, unless they
are securely anchored to the wall. If your furniture is not currently
anchored, IKEA is offering a wall anchoring repair kit free of charge.
Until the anchors are installed, the CPSC recommends that the defective
chests and dressers be placed into storage or other areas where children
can’t access them.
If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous
or defective product, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.